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Not everyone enjoys outdoors, and many prefer the city to the trail. This is all completely fine, but the benefits of nature should still not be ignored. From emotional benefits to improved immune system and overall health, green spaces are so important even in cities and should be utilized. So how do you enjoy the outdoors if you are not “outdoorsy”? Grab some bug spray, sun screen and try these 5 ways to enjoy the outdoors if you are not outdoorsy. Visit a Community garden, farm or arboretum. Many towns have community gardens or arboretums. If you aren’t sure if...

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We all deal with stress, being overwhelmed, anxiety and/or depression. Some of us more than others. And while there are so many amazing ways to help with this, from medicine to meditation, one way that is too often overlooked is by actively being outside.

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I often find myself at a loss for words to describe an emotion. I am far from a linguist and wish I could speak multiple languages but I do love finding words (in other languages or in English) that express a feeling better than I could ever do myself. Here are a few of my favorites and I would love to hear yours in the comments. Aesthete Greek: Someone with a deep sensitivity to the beauty of art or nature Komorebi Japanese: Sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees Werifesteria Old English: To wander longingly through the forest in...

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Written by Madison Lawson. Have you ever been stung by a bee? Maybe when you were a kid, running through fields and picking flowers, you looked down and saw a black and yellow bee perched on your arm. The next second pain blossoms under your skin and the bee disappears. You cry and your mom puts honey or baking soda or toothpaste on the tender skin and maybe you have a fear of bees for the next ten years. Then you find out that the bee probably died after stinging you and maybe you thought “karma” or maybe you cried...

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Written by Haley Cottey Every hike requires preparation. Most of the time, you will only need your clothes, shoes and some snacks and water. However, just in case you get lost or a big storm blows in and you’re miles from the trail head, you want to be ready. Many hikers will refer to the “10 essentials” when hiking. Well what are they? (Preorder your set of 10 hiking essentials reminder cards here) Will you have to pay a fortune for them? Thankfully, no. These items most people already own and if not, they are easy to come by. Will...

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